American Painter Dies

July 6, 2011 by staff 

American Painter DiesAmerican Painter Dies, Celebrated and enigmatic American artist CY Twombly modern died in Rome on Tuesday. He was 83. Gagosian Gallery, which represents Twombly and his work in the U.S. and abroad, announced his death. The cause of death was not immediately known. “We do not soon see an incredible talent with the scope and intensity,” said Larry Gagosian, an art dealer and owner of the Gagosian Gallery. “The art world has lost a true genius and a wholly original talent.”

Twombly family also issued a brief statement saying the passing of artist saddened them. “The world has lost a brilliant artist and our family has lost a legendary figure … I had spoken to him recently, was a dear cousin and friend,” said Twombly’s first cousin, Marcia Gray Twombly.

Throughout his career, Twombly was praised by blurring the lines between drawing and painting, and a challenge to the ideals of modern art, with their doodles. But children under the guise of his works of art, say art lovers showed an appreciation of Twombly unique and rooted in the ancient poetry and culture.

His works often alluded to the battles described in Greek and Roman poetry. The paintings that make up the “Leaving Paphos surrounded by waves” (2009) and the collection of “Coronation of Sesostris” (2000) collection is inspired by quotes from the seventh century BC The Greek poet Alkman.

Born April 25, 1928, Twombly as an adult he divides his time between his time between his hometown in Lexington, Virginia, and Rome.

After studying art in the United States at various institutes, Twombly moved to Italy in 1957 where he began to develop fully his career. Although best known for his large paintings, Twombly also sculpted the use of found objects and then make casts in bronze.

In 2010, Twombly released a 3750 meters square; paint the ceiling of the room the bronzes in the Louvre. He is the third contemporary artists were invited to the installation of a permanent job at the museum, according to the website of the museum.

The Menil Collection in Houston also has a permanent installation of Twombly’s works that opened in 1995. Cy Twombly Gallery is organized chronologically to walk visitors through the evolution of the artist’s style. It has suites with a series of paintings and sculptures, according to the site of Menil.

The gallery is unique in the world and until recently was the museum building has only a permanent installation of Twombly’s work, said Vance Muse, communications director of the Menil.

The building design is based on a scheme of Twombly and built by the architect Renzo Piano, the site said.

Twombly is often next to other famous artists like Robert Rauschenberg U.S. and Jasper Johns, but Muse said Twombly is known for the way they fused the epic poetry and art.

“He was a voracious reader and put a lot of writing in his paintings. There are influences from the epic poetry of Homer and his works the land in the literary tradition,” said Muse.

“I really persevered in his own work and was so independent … it’s amazing how true to his vision remained at the end was very, very respected,” he said.

Art lovers took to Twitter Tuesday to comment on the death of Twombly. The actor Steve Martin, a noted art collector, tweeted, “One of the great artists of the twentieth century has died, CY Twombly. A true master.”

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